European under-20 champion leaps 6.91m to match the Italian indoor record mark set by her mother, Fiona May

Larissa Iapichino soared out to a world under-20 indoor long jump record of 6.91m at the Italian Indoor Championships in Ancona on Saturday (February 20).

The mark also equals the senior Italian indoor record which was set by her mother, British-born Olympic and world medallist Fiona May, when she won the 1998 European indoor title.

After opening with a jump of 6.68m in the first round, Iapichino fouled her second attempt and improved to 6.75m in the third round, a distance which she matched in the fourth round.

Her record leap came in the fifth round before she passed her final attempt.

With her 6.91m leap, 18-year-old Iapichino adds three centimetres to the world under-20 indoor record mark set by Heike Drechsler in 1983, the year she won the senior world title, and it is also the best performance in the world so far this year as well as an Olympic qualifying mark.

Iapichino’s previous best was 6.75m, which she set at the Italian under-20 championships earlier this month, while her outdoor best is 6.80m, set last summer.

She won European under-20 gold in 2019 (pictured) with a leap of 6.58m to claim a title which her mother had won in 1987.

Sharing her delight on social media, May wrote: “My daughter has just equalled my Italian indoor record!!! 6.91!!!!!!!!!!”

Laura Strati finished second in Ancona with a jump of 6.66m.

Results can be found here.

Over in Dortmund, the first day of the German Indoor Championships saw Kevin Kranz equal the national indoor 60m record with 6.52 to win the final ahead of Julian Wagner with 6.59, while Ewa Swoboda claimed a 7.10 60m win at the Polish Indoor Championships in Toruń.

Balkan Indoor Championships action in Istanbul included a 6.75m long jump by Ivana Španović.

In Dublin, European indoor medallist Mark English improved his own Irish indoor 800m record to 1:46:10 in an exciting finish ahead of 18-year-old Cian McPhillips who ran 1:46.13 for national under-20 and under-23 indoor records and a time which puts him second on the European under-20 indoor all-time list.

Leon Reid won the 200m in 20.96.

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